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Playing ps2 games on ps3

I have recently bought a ps3 and it is fine when i am playing ps3 games on it but when i play ps2 games it keeps freezing but only during game play it is fine during replays?

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My PS3 plays PS2 games fine, but freezes up when playing PS3 games. When it freezes up on the ps3 games, the main console menu still works fine. How do I get my PS3 to play PS3 games without freezing?

The issue is the Blu-Ray diode. If one disc stops working 100% of the time but the other two types still work (DVD and CD) then the blu-ray diode died. The good news is that a handy person can fix it for about $45. Just do your research and watch a few youtube videos on replacing the laser and opening the case to make sure you are comfortable. I just did it and it was fine. You can buy the laser assembly on eBay, just make sure you go local and get a warranty. Don't buy overseas.

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its your lens you can buy one off ebay it kind or alot of work to take apart everything thats what mine did i put new thermol paste on the heat sinks that did not work then i bought a new lens works fine now you tube how to do it all i know nothing on how to fix it youtube has bunch of videos

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Can you play PS2 games on a PS3?

If you bought the original PS3 when it first came out and purchased the expensive one with the larger hard drive, it will be able to play *some* PS2 games. If you bought the cheaper one with the smaller hard drive or purchased your PS3 once the prices started dropping, it will have no capabilities of playing PS2 games, as Sony has decided to not continue making the system semi-backwards-compatible.

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My ps3 is freezing


I might sound like a stupid solution, but if the PS3 is in a dusty area it sometimes freezes.. Try to vacume clean it.. Also, is your fan on and does it sound ok. It might freeze due to overheating. If it only freezes when you play games on a disc, it might be a problem with the laser reader, which could also be due to dust.

Hope some of it helped.


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some 80 gb ps3's are backwards compatible, some are not.

unfortunately it looks like you have one that isn't.
my suggestion is to look on the back of the unit, underneath the barcode. the serial number will be there, followed by the model number. if you're model is not CECHE01 it is not backwards compatible.


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r ur ps2 cd's original or copies coz the ps3 doesn't play copies
abd check ur dvd if it's PAL or NTSC and then check ur ps3 for the same thing
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